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hi there,
i have an e36 320i convertible at the moment but am maybe thinking off upgrading to a e36 m3?
What do u guys think as i want more power but im not to sure.Is it worth it or am i better off sticking to what i have?
I suppose the other question is weather to have the evo version or not?Whats the difference?

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If its just the question of power, then it definately worth upgrading!!

But you have to thinking of running costs like fuel, parts, servicing ect. Depends on how much you can either afford or are willing to pay to run it. Tbh in my ownership of my M3 iv been surprise how little trouble its been, though you have to be prepaired for a decent sized bill if somethin does go wrong!

As for the 3,0 3,2, mines the evo and i cant say a bad word about it! The vanos myth is a bit worrying but now theres that Dr Vanos guy fixin the units i no longer have nightmares of a 2k bill coming!!
 

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Have to say it's the evo all day long imo! 328 is roughly about half the car of the m3 evo. Makes me smile from ear to ear everytime i turn the key.My 328 certainly didn't do that!! Search for low owner vehicle and fsh goes without saying.Took 10 years to get my hands on mine!!:hihi
 

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In terms of power, yes it will be worth it..... from a driving experience, there will be a noticeable difference...... due to the engine, chassis and gearing. Over a 320i an M3 will be a big leap upwards.

However, I tried to force myself towards an M3 or M5 (again) but I just can't warrant them. I certainly can't warrant paying an extra £4K for a so called 'clean' E36 M3 over my genuinely clean 328i....... its not £4K of extra car, IMO.

As mentioned, consider the running costs, I doubt fuel will be a huge issue to anyone considering such cars, but items like brakes, suspension, exhausts, servicing, clutches etc will be more, in some cases they are very dear. Just do your homework on this front before deciding.

The 3.0ltr has a solid reputation whereas the 3.2 has the niggles, but I wouldn't let the niggles put you off, just be aware of them and inpect the necessary areas when viewing.
 

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Bit of a random comment but I feel it's related! I drove 500 miles in a E36 323 touring at the weekend. It still felt plenty quick enough and I didn't really miss the evo's power.

I loved my 328 and could move it along quite nicely. However, it was a boat in comparison to the M. Even at low speeds the M just feels properly sorted in a way the 328 sport never did. You can just tell you are driving something a bit special.

You will often hear people talking about the M3 being twice the price of a 328 (running costs) but not twice the car!

In conclusion I'd say the E36 328 sport makes more sense as a daily driver and you should be really happy with it. They are still a seriously quick car. However, if you have more money than sense and love driving the M3 will really make you smile.

DSK not sure on the £4k extra. You should be able to get a tidy evo for £4k!
 

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My heart wants an M3 Evo, but my wallet prefers my 328. :rofl
 

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DSK not sure on the £4k extra. You should be able to get a tidy evo for £4k!

Trouble is, after my 328i, any car I'd be expecting a LOT and to be honest there was a SMG car on autotarder at £4895 ish, may still be there, but it was SMG which I'll avoid due to advice from fellow owners. Enquired about another one on piston heads (green evo soft top) advertised at £5700ish, lady owner with FBMSH & Munich legends history, but it didn't have ASC and something else I wanted spec wise so did not persure it any further. As you know a lot of people are sticking teh cars up at high prices and MANY are not worth the asking price.

I have decided that I'm going to hold out for a Supra TT again, getting the odd email with people offering me a Jap spec car, but I'll try and hold out for a UK model. Superb vehicle and it comes with more extras than I'd hope for. That will be a car to keep as an ornament, so may be after sourcing one I may get another BMW to run about in.
 

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I think its sumthing that i have to think about but as i say its probably my heart rules my head.TBH i think it has a certain stigma when u say to sumone that u drive an M3,would people not argee?
Ive seen sum very nice examples but i would like to just test drive an m3 to see if its what i want as i have been looking at an e34 540i.
Any comments?
 

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be careful with some of the 'nice' ones, during my basic phone calls about some of them, when asking various questions, the tell tale signs of clocking were all present not to mention many had so many owners I could not accept so they'd most probably hae been used for quick thrills between hands.
 

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you can pick up a sweet 1999 323i mtec coupe for 3k ish. slap on the m50 manifold and you will have 2.8 powers, cheap to run, service, looks good all the toys leather, traction, a/c ect. a well sorted car, i can easily afford an m3 but i just couldnt justify the extra running costs to be used everyday.
with a few tweeks the 323i coupe is a perfect car!
 

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I have a E36 M3 3.0. Honestly the best and most reliable car I have owned.
I had a little go with a 328 Sport and the M3 took the piss out of it.

For the price these cars are changing hands for at the moment I think you would be daft not to look for a good one.

I payed £5500 for my loon around 3 years ago, I am the third owner, FSH, mostly BMW and the last lot from me specialist BMW M power approved.

I have never had a brake down, its always started, its always drove spot on, it loves to rev, it will wipe the floor with pretty much anything you come across, and will do it all day long, every day, every week, every year.. Keep the services up and on time and take any advice from your specialist and they just go on. I bought mine with 96k on the clock, its now on 117k and going strong.

A supra is good if your looking to spend money on it and go for big power etc, but you are kidding yourself if you think they are ever going to hold money. The only Jap car that really holds its money is Skyline GTR's.

Dont be fooled by tucking a jap car away if you want that get a Ford Cosworth or a BMW E30 M3, possibly a Delta Intergra Evo.

Dont put off gettin the M3 mate, you will get one, one day and you will tell yourself, why did I wait this long to get one! I came from a powerful Escort RS Cosworth and altho in a out and out race I am sure the Cosworth would put the M3 to shame, but when the cossie brakes (which it would) I would sail on passed in the M3 and still be going strong for miles on.
 

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im selling my m3 evo convertible if your interested? boston green 81k fbmwsh, individual spec, with modena leather, electric seats,hood etc loads of bills nearly all previous mots,brand new tyres on front,rears done about 2k, mint condition inside and out, no rips in hood new rear screen, dual climate control, cruise control etc etc gearbox,vanos and clutch replaced by bmw around 20k ago drives superb
 
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